Centennial, Colorado, is located 25 minutes south of Denver, just off Interstate25. In a strategic move, it formed in 2001 from portions of unincorporated Arapahoe County, such as Castlewood and SouthGlenn. They wanted to improve their tax base by preventing the neighboring city of Greenwood Village from annexing more unincorporated areas and improving their tax revenue.
The city incorporated on the campaign promise to keep the tax rate at 1%, but this didn’t work. The tax rate is currently 2.5%, which is still better than the 3.8% being considered by those appealing the incorporation.
The citizens approved Centennial – chosen because of its historical value – as the official name during the vote to incorporate. Colorado joined the Union in 1876 – the centennial year of the Declaration of Independence.
Although Centennial is considered a young town, its population has already exceeded 111,000. In addition, Centennial has been recognized locally and nationally dozens of times by many well-known organizations, such as Money, 24/7 Wall Street, USA Today, NerdWallet, and SmartAsset.
So why does Centennial receive so many raving reviews? It’s because Centennial has consistently outperformed all other cities across the nation with similar populations. In addition to having top-ranked public schools and being one of the safest communities in Colorado, as of 2019:
The income per capita is 45% higher than the national average.
The median household income is 74% higher than the national average.
The unemployment rate is 30% lower than the national average.
The poverty level is 70% lower than the national average.
Streets at SouthGlenn – This mixed-use development offers street-level retail shops with upper-level office space and luxury apartments. It’s possible to eat, work, and live right here.
Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park – Although conveniently located in the middle of town, the park covers 25 acres of native plants and wildlife preservation and provides that open space feeling. Winding trails, a boardwalk along the creek, and a pond allow users to enjoy nature.
Snöbahn – Enjoy year-round indoor snow skiing and snowboarding without the hassle of lift passes and long lines.
DeKoevend Park – This park has it all – nature preservation, exceptional trails, a lighted baseball field, pavilions, tennis courts, and a massive playground for kids.
Museum of Outdoor Arts – The MOA consists of the largest amphitheater in the Denver metropolitan area, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, which seats 18,000. Adjacent to Fiddler’s is the beautiful Marjorie Park, which includes indoor and outdoor art and sculptural exhibits.